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Re: [Killietalk] Virtual Events, Proxy bidding
- To: "'Tom Grady'" <killienutz at killienutz_com>, "'killifish discussion list'" <killietalk at actwin_com>
- Subject: Re: [Killietalk] Virtual Events, Proxy bidding
- From: "Ken" <ken_combs at sbcglobal.net>
- Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 09:20:43 -0500
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I'm actually agreeing...sorta...
The questions were not mine per se, but a summary; sorta
Anyway...Going off list to reply
From: Tom Grady [mailto:killienutz at killienutz_com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 9:14 AM
To: ken_combs at sbcglobal.net; killifish discussion list
Subject: Re: [Killietalk] Virtual Events, Proxy bidding
Let me ask you this Ken:
Does it really matter why people get together to share a common interest?
Does it have to be profit driven or for that matter a 'Service'. My opinion
is the National Convention is a service provided for the members WHO CHOOSE
TO PARTAKE of it which also provides income to the entire membership. Keep
in mind from my previous post - the entire membership does have a financial
profit from conventions.
Some of your concepts fall into the 'every member has a right to an equal
share', but the reality is that nothing is truly balanced in life. My
opinion is that every member has a RIGHT TO USE the services provided. How
they choose to exercise that right is their choice.
Anyway - the percentage of members who attend almost every convention is
10-15% of the total membership. Over the years, depending on the location,
the actual percentage of members who have been to at least one convention
rises to 60-70%. Keep in mind something like 15% of the AKA membership is
My opinion is that Proxie Bidding - while it may be used by a few people -
is both resource and time intensive. It requires someone to monitor the
bids and someone to ship the fish - additional work for the committee
already overtaxed. Personally, I would never buy a fish I did not look at
first at a convention - health concerns if nothing else. Part of the
problem is boxing and shipping is difficult to be done at the time of the
convention being a national holiday weekend.
However, if we could find a viable way to do this and make certain people
understand there are no guarantees on the healthy arrival of the fish for
potentially a high price and they are willing to pay shipping costs, perhaps
something could be createed separate from the convention itself that handles
Proxie Bidding. I would never turn donw Proxies if they arrived at a
convention with a check or credit card number attached (paypal also) and the
amount allowed the convention to fill in the total and required shipping
over and above the cost of the fish.
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